2020/21 Part-time Postgraduate Short course and CPD
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
School of Nursing
21 September 2020
For full instructions on how to apply for postgraduate short courses, please contact the Centre for Flexible and Continuing Education - FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk
Our first term will commence as planned on 21 September and we will be prepared to deliver lectures and other teaching online for Semester One
Some on-campus activities will still take place, based on a robust local risk assessment, and priority will be given to using campus spaces for practice-based learning activities including lab work.
The University’s primary concern remains the physical and mental health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff, their families and the wider community. Nothing is more important to us.
On our COVID-19 webpages you will find further information for applicants and students, along with answers to some of the questions you may have.
Developing key skills to source and critique public health evidence and policies.
In this section
This module will develop the capacity and capability of students to use demographic statistics and epidemiological data and analysis to improve the health of the public. Through the assessment framework students are enabled to apply their learning to specific chronic diseases within population groups. This module covers a spectrum of key skills and qualities to enable students to identify and address health inequalities and health and wellbeing and to effectively assess the impact of policies on health and inequalities. Assessment is by class test and coursework.
Sign up to register an interest in the course.
In this section
Public health policies and strategies provide a framework for dealing with a complex range of public health issues to improve the health and wellbeing of populations and reduce health inequalities within and across countries. These include global priorities such as those identified in the Sustainable Development Goals. Policy analysis provides the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of a policy problem, possible solutions, benefits from implementation of the policy and the degree to which policies are achieving their goals. Policy analysis skills can be effectively used to respond to policy consultations and construct policy briefs.
The effective delivery of public health policies requires the development of capacity and capability for professional disciplines working in organisations in the statutory, voluntary and community sectors to enable them to place their work in the context of a common global agenda to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. Public health policy is informed by sound epidemiologic data and a robust evidence base which are used to target population groups at higher risk of disease and detect health issues as early as possible and respond appropriately to avoid the development of disease. Epidemiology is concerned with the methods of studying health-related events and states to control health problems. Epidemiologic data and an evidence base are also necessary to plan, implement and evaluate programmes and services to promote the health and wellbeing of populations in all sectors of the community and to reduce health inequalities in the population.
Coursework 1: Class quiz
Coursework 2: Element 1 Critical Annotated Bibliography
Coursework 3: Element 2 Policy Brief
Assessment includes both formative and summative elements. Formative feedback will be provided continuously through debriefing of class exercises, group work and class discussions. Students will also receive detailed individual and class feedback on the critique of journal papers and an outline policy brief to enable them to have a clear understanding of the expected level of work for their assessments. This ongoing feedback will also allow students to assess their learning to date
Individual feedback for Coursework 1 will be provided two weeks before the submission date for Element 1 of Coursework 2. Students will have the opportunity to discuss areas which need development in class and through the discussion board in Blackboard Learn. Individual detailed feedback for all summative assessments will be provided electronically on Blackboard Learn using assignment specific rubrics. Feedback will be returned in line with University guidance. The dates on which to expect feedback for assessments will be provided in the module handbook. In order to pass the module students must achieve an overall mark of 50%.
Module runs over a 12 week period in total. Mode of Attendance can vary between modules ie weekly, block teaching or alternate weekly teaching. Please contact the individual Module Co-ordinator for details.
All students are expected to attend all classes associated with the module and be punctual and regular in attendance (where applicable).
Applicants must have gained
(i) an Honours or non-Honours degree from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which is recognised by the Senate as being of an equivalent standard; or
(ii) an equivalent standard in a Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or an approved alternative qualification; [and]
(b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent);
or as an alternative to (a) (i) or (a) (ii) and/or (b):
(c) In exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning (at least two years full-time equivalent experience as a health promotion or public health specialist or as an expert health promoter i.e. one whose full time is spent in leadership and management and programme delivery of health promotion in a defined professional area), a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.
Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their competency in written and spoken English through the achievement of an IELTS (academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score (in the four bands of listening, speaking, reading and writing) below 5.5.
As the area of health promotion and public health is multidisciplinary and interagency, applications from candidates with a related degree will be considered. Personal statements will form part of the online application process. The statement will be used to assess the applicant's relevant experience, motivation, and commitment to undertaking the course.
The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.
Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:
As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.
Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.
The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.
Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.
Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.
Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.
Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.
Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.
Calculation of the Final Award
The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).
Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.
All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Master’s degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.
The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.
Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).
We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.
The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.
Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.
Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.
The largest of Ulster's campuses.
Jordanstown is our biggest campus in an idyllic setting surrounded by lush lawns and trees. It's just a few hundred metres from Loughshore Park and promenade, and just seven miles from Belfast city centre.
At our Jordanstown Campus we have world class facilities that are open all year round to our students and members of the public.
At Student Support we provide many services to help students through their time at Ulster University.
In this section
Northern Ireland & EU: £1,013.40
Fees are correct at the time of publishing https://www.ulster.ac.uk/finance/student/tuition-fees-rates/tuition-fees-202021
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.
CONTACT MODULE CO-ORDINATOR
Dr Karen Casson
Ms June Johnston ( Admissions Co-ordinator)